The United Methodist Church is a global and connectional church. What does that really mean? What it seems to mean is that we are global in that there are UMCs all over the globe.
The Connectional Table of the UMC makes and effort to bring us all together by bringing ministry and money to the same place for distribution for all. Does that really happen?
We as Americans have a sense of entitlement so how is it that we can make a global and connectional church with this mindset? Here it is, the dream of every American. To have the latest gadget that has flown off the shelves as soon as possible. We want a big house, a green lawn, a nice car and the newest phone and gadgets that are out on the market. Not only do we want these things, we NEED these things and think we DESERVE these things. Our sense of entitlement is becoming a national problem and it not only harms us as Americans, but it harms us as United Methodists.
We give the most money to the church so we should get to decide more things. We give the most money so we should get the best products, preachers, advertising, etc.
With this attitude, we are quickly pushing away our brothers and sisters that live outside of the United States of Entitlement. We are alienating ourselves from the whole because we want it our way, instantly, or not at all.
We need to come together as a church, as the body of Christ and work through our differences. We need to change policies, jurisdictions and conferences to align with how we are different and use General Conference to come together to the connectional table, share best practices that are working in our churches and worship with one another. We need to celebrate together, mourn together and learn to live together no matter how different we really are. We need to stop acting like the United States of Entitlement and more like the United States of Love.